Red Moon: A Novel

Red Moon: A Novel

by Benjamin Percy


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"A werewolf epic. Can't stop thinking about it."—Stephen King

They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.

Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455501656
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,258,350
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novel The Wilding and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk (available as an ebook from Grand Central Publishing). He lives in Minnesota with his family. For more information, you can visit

What People are Saying About This

Peter Straub

With Red Moon one of our most blazingly gifted young writers stakes his claim to national attention. Benjamin Percy has one great advantage over most writers who attempt 'literary horror': he understands the literature of real horror from the inside out, and he speaks it like a native. This is a novel with the power to thrill and transport, also to lead the reader well out of her comfort zone and into emotional territory few people have ever seen.

James Lee Burke

Benjamin Percy is one of the most gifted and versatile writers to appear in American publishing in years. His degree of craft and natural talent are extraordinary; his ear for language is absolutely perfect. His prose has the masculine power of Ernest Hemingway's, but also the sensibilities and compassion of Eudora Welty. His writing is like a meeting of Shakespeare and rock 'n' roll. Benjamin Percy knows how to keep it in E-major, and what a ride it is.

John Irving

Red Moon is a serious, politically symbolic novel-a literary novel about lycanthropes. If George Orwell had imagined a future where the werewolf population had grown to the degree that they were colonized and drugged, this terrifying novel might be it.

Tom Franklin

There's no other way to say it: Benjamin Percy has written a stunner, a genre-bending novel of suspense and terror but with Percy's usual force-of-nature language and his deep insights into character. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough, nor could I put it down. (Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter)

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Red Moon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Reading the blurb, I couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book. I wanted to know who “they” are. I was guessing “they” might be aliens or some underground species of monsters or something really exciting and unimaginable. My imagination was going wild wondering what “they” could be. Imagine my disappointment when I started reading Red Moon and discovered that “they” aren’t that interesting at all. They’re only lycans. And no, I don’t read werewolf-themed books, but since I requested it for review through NetGalley, I had no other choice but to give this 500-page plus novel a go and see if maybe I’ll enjoy it. So I’m subtracting one star because the blurb was misleading and another star because I didn’t enjoy the story as much. The good things first. Benjamin Percy is a phenomenal writer. Even if the story sucked completely (which it didn’t) I would’ve given it a high star rating because of his eloquent prose, vivid descriptions and exceptional action sequences and fight scenes. Seriously, this author can write up a storm, but there were times I couldn’t refrain from eye-rolling at some of the analogies he used. Although I avoid books with werewolves (lycans) and other paranormal creatures such as vampires, shifters, witches, etc, I have to applaud the author for cleverly underlining issues such as racism, prejudice, xenophobia and terrorism by creating a novel where humans and lycans are at odds with each other. What irked me about the story is that the author builds up the suspense and reader’s expectations to the point where you feel you just can’t take anymore, and then he goes and wraps up the final scenes in a few sentences, which left me feeling deflated and let down. The descriptions were vivid, which contributed a lot to the world building and made it easier for me to immerse myself in the story, but many times it got too lengthy and ended up being page filler. It was clear the author did a lot of research for this book, but the scientific terminology and complex explanations went right over my head, so eventually I started skimming through those. Overall, Red Moon was an okay read and I think fans of books with paranormal elements will enjoy this novel without complaint. It just wasn’t for me. I’ll definitely read more books by this author if he writes anything in my preferred genres (or anything which doesn’t contain overused paranormal themes/characters) as he undoubtedly is a very talented writer. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story. I think the characters were well developed. The story was well written and kept you interested, sometimes it may seem to drag but that is really just providing you with a stopping point so you can do other things like cook supper or clean house or go bed so you aren't dragging at work the next day. The audio version is awesome too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this clever yet brutal novel, Benjamin Percy explores a world not that much different than our own. Werewolves, or lycans as they're generally referred to, are among us, but castigated and treated as outcasts, monsters that they truly are...and forced by the government to take a powerful drug that severely limits their ability to transform. And the US military occupies a tiny foreign country in Europe where the lycan disease originally came from. But homegrown lycan terrorists shed blood in the name of freedom, while a host of characters--some lycan, some first--struggle to deal with the emerging and ever increasing violence. While not overt, Percy deftly presents important societal political questions in this dystopian horror novel that is much more than just another werewolf novel. Highly recommended!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Red Moon is a deliciously frightening horror book written and read by author Benjamin Percy. In this horror fantasy, Lycans/werewolves and humans live together…but for how long? The Lycans are infected with a highly contagious plague, causing them to lose all control and become violent. Patrick Gamble is flying home to be with his mother when a Lycan on his plane goes crazy and kills all on board except Patrick. A small violent faction called the Lycan Liberation Army proudly proclaims responsibility for the attack, appalling the nation. Government agents attack Lycan Claire Forrester’s home, killing her parents, and forcing her to flee. Oregon Governor Chase Williams throws his hat in the ring for the Presidential election. His platform? Anti-Lycan attitudes. Red Moon proves the great talent of Benjamin Percy. For most authors it is very difficult to write smooth transitions when the action is repeatedly moving from the past, to the present, to the future. However, the author makes it appear effortless. His transitions are as smooth as glass. Red Moon has a character-driven plot. Both the good guys and bad have flaws and redeeming qualities. Red Moon has a social and political message concerning civil rights and discrimination. I came to care deeply about the welfare of the characters. The reader does need to be prepared for the violence and bloody gore. Benjamin Percy gave it all to Red Moon: romance, horror, thriller, paranormal, and political statement. This review concerns the audio format. Move over vampires, werewolves are back in style.
WisconsiniteBB More than 1 year ago
I was riveted and could not put this down for the first 50 pages or so. But by about half way through the book, things started having a sketchy, half-finished feel. For example: the main characters would meet people, begin important relationships, and then poof - these 'extras' would die. Also, there is an excessive amount of gore and horrific abuse, most of which doesn't really serve the storyline much, and several plot twists that defy reason even in this alternate reality. Percy leaves many, many threads untied at the end, and I assume this will lead inevitably to a sequel, which I will not be buying. This book was greatly dissapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This must be the first of a long series of Red Moon stories, since it has no real end. The characters are unsettled and the future is seriously in peril. I like a story that ends. Series are popular with authors, I believe, because they use the same thread for future stories, characters and plot lines being already developed. One never really understood the impact of the virus on the mind, since some went nuts while being changed, and others could function somewhat. I feel that this may be best suited for early teens. The lapses in the plot would not be noticeable. By that I mean: "What? How did that happen? Or how did we get to this stage?
SophiaW More than 1 year ago
Politically inclined thriller that addresses not only the obvious segregation of lycans and humans, but also the underlying social aspects of such segregation. We are guided through the lives of two individuals who, although opposite in nature, share a similar path.  Patrick, a young man living with his mother in an unfamiliar town, must deal with his forced celebrity status that came about by an act of terrorism. Claire, a lycan by birth, feels direct repercussions of the attack as well.  Being forced to leave her home, she wanders through Northern Minnesota with nothing but the envelope her father gave her. Percy does a good job of incorporating each character into the plot.  Upon first reading, the story seemed fluffy and drawn out, but the author's tenacity becomes apparent shortly after chapter 8, when this supposed fluff takes on real value, and society's opinion falls into a new light.  The characters come to life in a way unseen by the multiple other fantastical thrillers out there.  Percy has found the balancing point between brazen topics and taciturn opposition, creating his own genre of sci-fi thriller. Definitely a book worth reading, if you can withstand the immediate staccato of garrulous description.  
JewelsJW More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, but slow in spots... it didn't really have an ending so I figure there will be at least one more... I would most likely read the next one just to figure out what happened to the characters.
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Repeat_BandN_Customer More than 1 year ago
I found the story to be an interesting twist in a thoroughly explored genre. It reminded me of the movie "District 9" because of the sociological and political dimensions prominently worked. There isn't much invention in the details of each scenario and separate adventure, but the explanation of what causes the werewolf affliction and where it came from were clever and very contemporary. In that way it reminded me of the movie "Dracula 2000" (I think that was the one) which provided a novel origin for Dracula - he is Judas Escariat after the betrayal, not allowed to die and cursed to walk the earth as a vampire. I also thought the very ending was exceptionally good, one that built smoothly from all that went before.
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Short and not so sweet, do not waste your $$$$!!!!!!!
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